Saturn's moon Methone, Cassini image

Saturn's moon Methone, Cassini image

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn's moon Methone. This egg-shaped moon has a smooth surface. The joint NASA-ESA Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched in 1997 and took seven years to reach Saturn and its moons. The Huygens probe separated from Cassini on 25th December 2004, and descended to the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The Cassini orbiter continued orbiting Saturn; studying its atmosphere and rings and performing flybys of its moons. Image obtained by Cassini's narrow-angle camera on 20th May 2012 at an approximate distance of 4,000 kilometres from Methone.

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